Education and Training

Through our network of organizations and their work, we seek to lift people up and have an impact in their lives.

We work with our network to help meet current, pressing needs in our community and strive to offer education and training to help support courageous actions and propose innovative solutions.

In the past year, we’ve hosted a two-day conference on social entrepreneurship, media and journalism training for members within our network, countless mindfulness workshops and participated in Indigenous Cultural Safety training.

We are always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow, to continue to live our values and fight for social justice.

Mindfulness and Compassion

Research tells us that when we have the opportunity to develop compassion, empathy and kindness for ourselves and others, organizations and the people who work there thrive.

Our mindfulness trainings and workshops support people on their journey toward a deeper sense of purpose.

In Person Workshops

Please note, all in-person workshops are on hold due to COVID-19. We want to take all precautions to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being and look forward to

A full schedule of events is being created that will allow us to continue offering these workshops safely.

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RELAXING THE BODY, AWAKENING THE HEART
with Dillon Cherrett

In these movement-based classes, attention will be paid to release muscle tension employing a specialized ball rolling technique. This practice has significant therapeutic benefit, releasing physical pain and discomfort, greatly improving flexibility, while developing strategies that can be practiced at home. These classes are ideal for health and social service practitioners with soreness and stiffness in their neck and shoulders, hamstrings, lower back, upper back, hips, hip flexors and feet. Balls are provided.

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COMMUNITY MEDITATION
led by Jennifer Kilimnik & Andrew Terhoch

This group follows the movement-based class.

A 45 minute drop-in meditation offering a combination of guided practice and discussion suitable for all levels.

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MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION
with Terry Wilson

Explore ways to reduce stress and face the demands of everyday life in this 8-week course inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. In this intensive training, you will learn to cultivate your natural capacity to actively participate in caring for yourself. As a result, you will find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

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CONNECTION IN LEADERSHIP
with Jennifer Kilimnik & Andrew Terhoch

This restorative session is designed to introduce some basic mindfulness and self-care practices that can be used in everyday life. We will also explore how to respond when managing complex and demanding situations. Some we encounter include: scarcity of resources, time, and tools, stress that impacts work/life balance, burn out, self-judgement, and other common human experiences.

As with so many situations we navigate in our daily lives, change often begins from within. The day is designed to provide time to be present, release expectations and nurture our capacity to respond in all areas of our lives.

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MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION
with Jennifer Kilimnik & Andrew Terhoch

Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits, and more satisfying relationships. Learn how to motivate yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d offer a close friend, enabling you to care for yourself while caring for others.

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DAY OF MINDFULNESS
with Terry Wilson

Cost: Free / Bring your own lunch / No registration required

Once you’ve completed any of the 8 Week Mindfulness programs, you are welcome to renew your practice in community.

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CULTIVATING LEADERSHIP PRESENCE through mindfulness
with Janice Marturano

Wednesday, October 14 – Sunday, October 18, 2020 

Location: Lakeview Resort Hecla
Cost: TBD

This 5-day residential retreat invites organizational leaders to fully explore the mindful leadership training we need to cultivate leadership excellence.

Returning to the picturesque shores of Lake Winnipeg in Hecla, Manitoba, the retreat invites leaders to train the mind just as an athlete leverages specialized training to train the body. In a small group setting, leaders are guided through a series of systematic mindful leadership practices, leadership excellence reflections, and everyday applications (e.g mindful meetings, skillful decision-making, leading by inspiration).

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DARING GREATLY: THE DARING WAY™
with Jennifer Koznyiak RSW, Certified Daring Way Instructor

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown where we explore the topics of vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

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Online Workshops and Offerings

Meditate Together

Free live & online daily group meditation, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week
An opportunity to connect while we are isolated and support one another, to help us stay calm during a time of great anxiety.  Meditate Together is a free live an online daily meditation, each hour on the hour, Monday to Friday. 1AM ET to Friday, 12AM ET facilitated by over 100 volunteers worldwide. Program participation is free.

Click here to participate

 

Mindfulness and Compassion Global Summit

Registration is now free

In recognition of the crisis the world is in, and the need for access to as much information as possible about mindfulness and compassion, organizers are waiving the 3-day Summit registration fee through May 22

Join 40+ speakers as well as attendees from around the world to learn proven, practical ways that mindfulness and compassion can help each of us in our own lives.

Explore the powerful roles mindfulness and compassion can play in developing exceptional leaders, creating happier, healthier and more productive workplaces, (even if your workplace is at home right now), and transforming society. 

Join this incredible free experience here 

 

Free Mindful Self-Compassion Online Class from Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer

With the surreal time we’re facing right now, here is a generous offering from Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer, who have been researching self-compassion for over a decade: what it is, how it transforms our lives, and how to build it.

Through this link, you will have access to three free videos.

In the first of three videos, you will learn:

  • Why so many highly compassionate people are reluctant to turn their kindness inward.
  • How self-compassion makes us more motivated and resilient than self-criticism.
  • A guided meditation for when we’re feeling anxious or inadequate—especially if conventional mindfulness or breathing practices aren’t working … and more

Please feel free to share this with anyone who may find it useful.

 

Purposeful Pauses to Lead and Live with Excellence

Here is another opportunity to dig into Insight timer a website/app that we’ve shared before. A Purposeful Pauses to Lead and Live with Excellence, ten lessons, “mini-trainings”, approximately ten minutes each, that can help interrupt the auto-pilot that often takes over our lives and tap into our own inner wisdom.

Janice Martuarno leads this training and is the Founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training professionals to lead and live through meditation and mindful leadership practices. Her teachings draw on her 20-year tenure as a senior executive with a Fortune 200 company, and her deep mindful leadership practice.

This opportunity is being offered at a reduced rate, only $20 for all ten lessons, you can access the first lesson for free, here, as a trial.

More information can be found here.